NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: The results of the votes to expel Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council of members of the United Nations General Assembly is seen on a screen during a continuation of the Eleventh Emergency Special Session on the invasion of Ukraine on April 07, 2022 in New York City. The United Nations General Assembly continued its special session on the invasion of Ukraine and will vote on a draft resolution that would expel Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council after the discovery of dozens of civilian bodies in the town of Bucha after Russian forces retreated from the town. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the world organization’s leading human rights body over allegations of horrific rights violations by Russian soldiers in Ukraine, which the United States and Ukraine have called war crimes. U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield called the vote a historic moment. Thomas-Greenfield launched the campaign to suspend Russia from the U.N. Human Rights Council in the wake of videos and photos showing streets in the Ukrainian town of Bucha strewn with the bodies of civilians after Russian soldiers retreated. The deaths have sparked global revulsion and calls for tougher sanctions on Russia, which has vehemently denied its troops were responsible.